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The ministry plays a lead role in strengthening consumer protection and public safety. It is responsible for many of the Province’s consumer protection programs, either directly or through oversight of delegated administrative authorities. In the area of public safety, the ministry oversees the Technical Standards and Safety Authority and the Electrical Safety Authority. Ministry staff continually review the regulatory environment businesses face in order to streamline the system and remove unnecessary barriers. The ministry devotes resources to ensuring consumers are well protected and informed about their rights. Ministry staff work in partnership with industry and key stakeholders on government policies and information campaigns to strengthen public safety.

The ministry is also responsible for the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). The AGCO is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the regulatory framework which governs the liquor and gaming industries (including casino gaming, charitable gaming and lotteries conducted by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation) in Ontario. In administering the Liquor Licence Act and the Gaming Control Act, the AGCO is required to exercise its powers and duties in the public interest and with the principles of honesty, integrity and social responsibility. The AGCO also sets and enforces standards to safeguard public confidence in these sectors, where the risks of illegal activity and risks to public safety are significant.

MINISTRY PROGRAM SUMMARY
($)
VOTE PROGRAM

Estimates
2010-11

Estimates
2009-10

Difference
Between
2010-11
and
2009-10

Actual
2008-09

  OPERATING EXPENSE        
3101   Consumer Services Program 59,756,900 54,825,400 4,931,500 57,206,316
  TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSE TO BE VOTED 59,756,900 54,825,400 4,931,500 57,206,316
Statutory Appropriations 66,014 66,014 - 86,108
  Ministry Total Operating Expense 59,822,914 54,891,414 4,931,500 57,292,424
           
  OPERATING ASSETS        
3101   Consumer Services Program 1,000 1,000 - -
  TOTAL OPERATING ASSETS TO BE VOTED 1,000 1,000 - -
  Ministry Total Operating Assets 1,000 1,000 - -
           
  CAPITAL EXPENSE        
3101   Consumer Services Program 2,000 2,000 - -
  TOTAL CAPITAL EXPENSE TO BE VOTED 2,000 2,000 - -
Statutory Appropriations 129,000 23,000 106,000 -
  Ministry Total Capital Expense 131,000 25,000 106,000 -
           
  CAPITAL ASSETS        
3101   Consumer Services Program 652,000 200,000 452,000 -
  TOTAL CAPITAL ASSETS TO BE VOTED 652,000 200,000 452,000 -
  Ministry Total Capital Assets 652,000 200,000 452,000 -
           
  Ministry Total Operating and Capital Including Consolidation and Other Adjustments (not including Assets) 59,953,914 54,916,414 5,037,500 57,292,424

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